Houseplants may be ‘in’ and create great content for the ‘gram, but they are also a good way to encourage slow living in the city, especially when you don’t have a garden or terrace. In need of some greenery? Here are some of the benefits of houseplants and creating your own urban jungle in the city.
Benefits of Houseplants
Purifying the City Air
We all know that London’s air isn’t great. According to the government, around two million Londoners are living in areas with air quality that exceeds the legal limits for pollution. While measures such as the new Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London are aiming to reduce levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) on the streets, we can also take action in our own homes. Houseplants pump fresh oxygen into the air and some can even remove impurities. Snake plants and spider plants are good air-purifiers that are both nice to look at and pretty sturdy (if you’re a serial plant killer).
No Garden? No Problem
In London, gardens, terraces and balconies are a premium. If you’re lacking outside space and missing the countryside, houseplants allow you to create your own calm, nature-infused oasis inside.
There are plenty of brilliant garden centres and plants shops in London to browse, not to mention Columbia Road flower market, which offers reasonably priced houseplants among the blooms.
Caring for plants is the perfect way to add some botanical-style slow living to your routine. If you’re a houseplant fan, you’ll find checking up on your plants is relaxing and therapeutic. Maybe it’s because they can’t talk… Although, on the other hand, some say talking to your plants and praising them helps them grow. Perhaps it’s worth a try?
Making Rented Space Your Own
If you can’t paint the walls to cover up cracks and marks, you can pop a houseplant in front of the eyesore. Plants are a relatively cheap way to decorate and accessorise your temporary (or not so temporary) home – especially when your contract prevents you from doing much else. You can infinitely redesign your plant shelfies and move your pots to create a new look whenever you feel like it.
If you needed some convincing (or you needed to prove to your flatmates or S.O that you deserve to buy more), these benefits of houseplants will help you thrive in your own space.